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Six Possible Signs of Water Damage

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Finding Water damage isn’t always as obvious as walking into a room flooded with six inches of water. Sometimes picking up on the signs of water damage is a little more difficult than that. A slight musty smell could be an indicator that moisture is intruding into your home or business.

If you have questions about water damage give SERVPRO of Bartow County call. We can schedule a convenient time to inspect your property.

This is a list of possible causes and signs of water damage. Take a moment to review them to better understand the possible signs of water damage and how water damage sometimes happens.

  1. Drainage Issues- A major contributing factor to most water loss caused by outside water coming in is the structures drainage. It can also be one of the most expensive to fix, and is not always obvious to home or business owners at first glance. Most drainage issues become apparent after a large rainstorm, but oftentimes this is too late to prevent water damages.
  2. Foundation Faults or Cracks - The foundation of a building provides structure and stabilization for the entire building. Issues with the foundation can cause some nasty problems including water damage. You should inspect your foundation periodically to insure you have not developed any cracks, existing cracks have not expanded, or see any crumbling portions of the foundation. Often times damage to a foundation is due to the house “settling” into the ground. Water damage stemming from foundational issues can be very complicated and are best handled by trained professionals like SERVPRO of Bartow County,
  3. Signs of Leaks - This is probably one of the easiest types of water damage to spot. Signs include paint or wallpaper bubbling, staining and discoloration of walls, ceilings or carpets. Ceilings that appear to be sagging could be a result of water damage and can be hazardous due to the likely-hood of falling sheetrock. Leaks like these are typically slow moving and develop over time. They can also be signs of other issues like an aging roof, permeable masonry or brickwork, plumbing in need of repair, and faulty rain gutters, just to name a few.
  4. Sewer Line Issues - Sewer backups or overflows are probably one of the hardest types of water damage to prevent because you have little control over the public sewer systems. However, home and business owners are typically responsible for maintaining the pipes and drains that lead from their property to the road or sewer system. Short of calling a professional and having them “scope” your sewer lines, send a small camera on a retractable line down drain pipes and lines. There is no way of knowing what lies in your sewer lines. A possible indicator of “back-up sewer lines” would be slow draining fixtures like showers and sinks.
  5. Flickering Electricity - Flickering lights and humming switches, particularly in older homes or buildings, could be a sign of water intrusion. They can also be fire hazards, so it is important to have trained professionals inspect any electrical circuits that are behaving irregularly.
  6. Mold - Mold, mildew, dry rot, and fungus can all be a result of water damage. Often times you will find these types of growth in areas that have experienced “slow moving” water damage. Meaning that the water damage and growth developed over an extended amount of time. Even small amounts of moisture under the right conditions can foster millions of mold spores and fungus. For more information about mold check out our previous blog Ten Things You Should Know About Mold.

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